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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    Janis: Depends on who you believe and how you define a sewing machine.

    here is a fun read, but only one view of many
    http://www.sewalot.com/sewing_machine_history.htm


    Thimonnier developed a machine that was foot powered but not in the usual treadle (pedal to circle)
    Elias Howe is credited with the first sewing machine and it was a hand crank, so was the first Singer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyg View Post
    Hello. This is my first time posting in the shop. I have been reading everyone's posts and find them interesting. I am quite interested to find that many people who restore cars also like to restore sewing machines. I have several older models, but the one that I will post about today is a Davis New Vertical Feed. I got this machine free from a coworker. The machine wouldn't move. I finally have it freed up. I will post pictures when I get a chance. I will also post about more of my machines.
    You will like the NVF, they are great for binding a quilt. Welcome to the board you will learn a lot from this group. Please post before and after pics of the NVF. Again welcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    If it is running fast and will not obey the foot controller, it is probably the foot controller itself. If you can switch the foot controllers on it and test it that way you would know for sure.
    ~G~
    I just bought a new foot control about 2 years ago, it was about $170; only have the 1 foot control for this machine. If it was a Singer....I have lots of those.
    The original foot control was cracked and the machine was doing the same thing it is now. This is a mechanical machine that's about about 37 yrs old.
    Sharon

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    I just bought a new foot control about 2 years ago, it was about $170; only have the 1 foot control for this machine. If it was a Singer....I have lots of those.
    The original foot control was cracked and the machine was doing the same thing it is now. This is a mechanical machine that's about about 37 yrs old.
    Sharon
    Call sew-classic and see what Jenny knows.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    I sent Nancy an email. Here is her reply:

    "Hello Miriam! We just got home. My FIL died yesterday with the whole family here. We are busy planning a funeral now . . . . . . in about a week it will all be over and life will start to settle down for us. Thanks for checking! Nancy"
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    I have a major hiccup with a Minnnesota New Model A, August, 1920. While I've been cleaning it I've noticed it has a "clunk" whenever I rotate the handwheel. Since this is the first Minnesota I've had I wasn't overly concerned thinking maybe it was just unique to the brand. It turns out it's missing a piece which connects the stitch length regulating rod to a second rod. I'm sorry I'm not sure what either piece is correctly named. To maybe explain it simply, one rod has a rounded end with a hole in it which "should" have a pin, or similar thingie, to ride in a space down the length of the rod that runs parallel.
    Does anyone have a suggestion for a solution? I can reach my hand up into the column so I'm pretty sure I can fit something in there. I'm attaching pictures so you can see what I'm talking about. I hope. Thank you so much for any ideas.

    Jan

    I'm sorry the pictures are sideways, I don't know how to rotate them.
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    Nancy, I'm so sorry to learn of your loss. My heartfelt sympathy is sent to you and your family.

    Jan

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    Oh Nancy, I am so sorry to hear of your FIL. Peace to you and our family at this time.

    Nanna (Jean)

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    I just bought a new foot control about 2 years ago, it was about $170; only have the 1 foot control for this machine. If it was a Singer....I have lots of those.
    The original foot control was cracked and the machine was doing the same thing it is now. This is a mechanical machine that's about about 37 yrs old.
    Sharon
    If you have an electrical tester you could use that to see if it is the foot controller too. I would test it first. If it is the foot controller itself, there are replacement foot controllers that would work. If the wiring is still good, you can replace just that part. I think they would be a reasonably priced solution. If it were me, I would look into that. Sew Classics would be a good place to ask about this.
    Good Luck.
    ~G~

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    So sorry to hear of the loss of your FIL, please accept our sympathies.
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